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The Manta Resort
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Pemba Island
Certificate of Excellence
Stockholm, Sweden
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An unique vacation”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

I have been traveling quite some and I must say there is nothing like the Manta Resort. I can honestly say you won’t find a more relaxed atmosphere.

From day one you will be assigned a "service-fundi" who will be you waiter, barman etc during your stay. One of the service-fundis took us to his village and his English class (which he is teaching in his free time). An absolutely incredible experience.

You will have a free spa treatment everyday, the food is well made and feels fresh and you can grab as many signature drinks as you’d like.

Don’t go here if you want fine dining, Four Seasons-like service (impersonal), marble floors etc.

Go here if you want fresh well-made food, extremely friendly service, a secluded white beach that will make you develop snow blindness, amazing sunsets, awesome diving opportunities and a resort that feels in place with the island of Pemba.

Thank you to all of the staff for making our stay unforgettable!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Boyertown, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2013

After much consideration we chose The Manta Resort. We are avid divers and wanted a place to unwind after 10 days in the bush. It was also our 25th wedding anniversary! Upon our arrival the tropical breezes, baby powder sand, and the rhythm of solitude entered our souls. Truly paradise found. It is a small resort with big appeal. The stretch of beach is truly one of the prettiest we have seen. It was almost secluded with very few guests. The rooms are tucked up on a slight hillside which gives the ultimate in privacy. The rooms are very spacious. Your balcony overlooks onto the sea. The dive operator on premise, David, introduce himself to us on arrival to inquire about our diving preferences. He accommodated all our needs in a professional manner. He was incredibly knowledgeable and would go out of his way to make the experience special to your needs. Well, the crowning touch had to do with the most spectacular part of Manta Resort...THE UNDERWATER ROOM! Matthew (designer, owner, overall guru) answered our questions about this fabulous opportunity and we decided to stay the night in this once in a life time opportunity. Needless to say...AWESOME! The room is situated for the ultimate in privacy. The upper deck for star gazing will knock your socks off! A perfectly clear night to lay up and ponder the universe. A special dinner was brought out to have by boat in the main lounge area with Swahili wraps provided for each of us. Upon retiring....if you can sleep....a 360 degree show awaits. An amazing array of fish wander through entertaining you at every turn. Squid by the hundreds were feeding on smaller schools of fish...flashing their silvery coats. There were so many fish that continually changed throughout the night. The experience was beyond words....In the morning we awakened to an incredible sun rise. Breakfast again arriving by boat. We snorkeled right off the deck, dozed, read, and RELAXED. I now know the seven deadly sin of SLOTH does exist! Do not miss this opportunity...! Have to include that the spa treatments (included) were also incredible. After diving in the afternoon we would indulge in a couples massage. I can't say enough about Manta and everything that they provided. Top notch, family owned, Eco friendly, ....offers employment to all the local community residents...a very special place.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2013

I don't use the title of the review lightly... I searched for almost 5 months for the perfect honeymoon destination and finally found Manta... And I made the perfect choice.

I wanted a destination that was not a busy hotel, one that had nice rooms and a perfect beach and found this and soooo much more at Manta.

Everything was just absolutely perfect. The "safari" from the airport to the resort, the warm welcome, the daily treatments at the spa, the food, the drinks, the service, the hospitality, the rooms and the absolutely ridiculously perfect beach with the softest sand you could EVER imagine, everything was just absolutely perfect. We could not have asked for more.

Unfortunately we visited before the underwater room was finished, but judging from my experience, this will probably also be awesome.

We were treated exceptionally well. We enjoyed two amazingly romantic candlelit dinners on the beach, lazy days on the beach, relaxing times in the spa and just great all-round service. From the moment you arrive, you are treated as family, which makes leaving really, really hard, so be warned!

Go for the sea front villas, remember your sunscreen and mosquito spray (just in case), don't be surprised by the tides (we spent our mornings in the spa and the rest of the day, after lunch, on the beach) and get ready to enjoy an amazing, relaxing holiday.

Thank you so much to everyone at the Manta Resort for an unforgettable honeymoon. We will definitely be back!!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Unforgettable ‘Smile Wide’ Manta Resort, Pemba.

From the moment you touch down in Pemba (30 minute flight from Zanzibar), you are collected by your Manta Resort driver and transported on a mini ‘safari’ to the northern tip of the island through many bustling small villages, past Coconut Groves, Banana plantations, Clove plantations and picturesque Tropical surroundings. The locals playing football, cows and chickens everywhere… The final stretch before you reach Manta Resort as the sun begins to set, leads through the Ngezi Vumawimbi Nature Reserve Forest, everything shiny and green.

From the moment you arrive at Manta, you are taken care of. Your bags are taken to your room as you are invited to the terrace to take in the amazing view and enjoy a fresh local cold fruity iced tea. Your 'service fundi' is introduced to you and takes care of you from that moment on. (Enough time to freshen up before returning to the communal eating area where you get to choose your table and the relaxing holiday begins… taking in the environment and sounds (DON'T FORGET MOSQUITO SPRAY!!).

The food is incredible! It was great to taste local flavours from exotic spices to tropical fruits! Each meal is three course and FRESH! Service is always with a genuine smile!

The views are breathtaking, the beach is dotted with sun beds under palm-frond umbrella’s. The bar on the beach is a great place to chill and read your book while enjoying one of the famous cocktails (Also a great place to hide when the clouds burst and the short rains fall in November). The water is warm and perfect for snorkelling through the coral reef. DON’T FORGET FACTOR 50 SUNSCREEN, Sunnies and a cap/hat. - Did I mention the daily massage included!

There is enough to do, with optional extra’s which include the Ngezi Rain Forest Tour, Local Village Tour, Diving with the dive centre, Sunset cruise in an Ngalawa traditional sailing vessel (MUST EXPERIENCE THIS), Pemba Spice Farm and Lighthouse walk to name a few. Snorkelling around the new Underwater Room was fun and kayaking was a good way to see the island coastline with unlimited opportunities for the perfect photo!

I envy the management and locals who get to experience this type of paradise everyday! You can never take enough photos of the perfect ‘African Sunset’. Just after the sun goes down, the laughing Bushbabies and flying foxes appear. Keep your camera handy as you stake-out the sugar bowl that the Bushbabies raid religiously at 7pm (cheeky!).

This is a hidden gem that you will return to annually if you have the ways and means! Truly unforgettable… that Smile Wide Pemba Holiday! Hakuna Matata (“no worries”).

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE AT MANTA RESORT, PEMBA ISLAND, TANZANIA

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 31 October 2013 via mobile

It is the best place I've been so far in my life. Thank you Micael and Tina for such a perfect hospitality making heaven on earth! I will definitely come back with my girlfriend some day... Thank you thank you! The rooms, the food, the service, the scuba, the hospitality, the signature drinks, all! Perfect!

Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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6 Thank Arnoldtowers
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2013

I've lived in Tanzania for a long time and been to many beach resorts, but this was one of my best experiences yet. Manta has a lovely beach, good service, really nice food and excellent snorkeling and diving right near by and a nice dive shop with good dive leaders - especially for we less and moderately experienced divers. Each group is assigned a personal service "fundi" and ours was great. The resort package comes all inclusive with food, drinks (including alcohol) and daily spa treatments for each person! We were three families with kids, and although they don't normally have many young children there - they welcomed us with open arms and made accomodations for food and time of dinner. None of us wanted to leave and I imagine that we'll be back.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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8 Thank Hally M
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2013

Loved this place! Not too fancy, but perfect. Beach is gorgeous, with super soft sand, ocean a thousand shade of turquoise. Beach chairs and hammocks for all. Lovely little pool. Good service and delicious food (including freshly baked bread at all meals). On-site dive/snorkel shop with knowledgeable and friendly staff, and good equipment. Drinks and daily spa treatment included. Good day-trip options around the island. What else could you want?

We had 3 families with 6 kids aged 5 to 10. The staff were very accomodating on food and meal times. Everyone loved it.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Manta Resort
Address: Box 32, Tanzania
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Region: Tanzania > Zanzibar Archipelago > Pemba Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Pemba Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Manta Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elevated and crafted along an idyllic island beach, The Manta Resort offers privacy, romance, adventure, and diving on East Africa's finest island sanctuary. Pemba Island for real. ... more   less 
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The Manta Hotel Pemba Island
Manta Hotel Pemba Island

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